Speed laser gun being used to track motorists flouting rules
Gutsy youngsters ‘vrooming' ahead on their macho-sized motorbikes to showcase their daredevilry to the gullible are landing straight into the traffic police dragnet, thanks to the employment of speed laser guns.
The alarm caused by a sudden spurt in the number of freak road mishaps and the panic expressed by pedestrians, especially in the pilgrim-choked areas, has forced the traffic police wing to put to use the speed laser gun sanctioned to it some time ago. Two such implements were allotted to Tirupati and Chittoor respectively, especially after Tirupati Urban Police District was carved out a couple of years ago. Chittoor town, which has two national highways passing through it, has already started using it, while the same was brought to the road only recently in Tirupati.
Once the gun ‘sets its eye' on the road, it captures the image of the approaching vehicle, the number plate and also the driver's face, which of course, has to be cropped after zooming in. It captures the speed at which the vehicle is crossing and in case of violation, will alert the cops handling it. By attaching the camera to a computer, one can get a printout of the case details and the driver's photograph as well.
The gun that costs Rs.8 lakh is employed mainly on Annamayya Road, Sri Krishna Devaraya Road (Tirumala bypass), Chandragiri Road (near SVU campus) and Tiruchanur Road, where not only the traffic intensity is high, but the roads are also wide enough for a motorcyclist to flout the law.
The sleuths erect the setup at one location, book a ‘handful' of cases and shift base to a different road after a couple of hours.
According to K.V. Ratnam, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Tirupati Urban District, as many as 30 to 40 cases were booked in just two hours.
“Most of them are youngsters in their mid-twenties, who blindly take pride in speed”, he added.
While the general speed limit is 40 kmph, the cops have set 30 kmph as the cap for the narrower stretches.